Maryland State Trooper Killed in I-95 Crash

Maryland (May 20, 2011) Trooper First Class, Shaft S. Hunter was killed early Saturday morning on I-95 in Howard County.  Authorities believe that Hunter was in pursuit of a speeding motorcycle when his cruiser slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer that was parked on the side of the Interstate.

The tractor-trailer driver, Albert Sandino, 46, had pulled to the side of I-95 at the Laurel rest area, south of Rt. 32, to check for directions. The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.

According to the Washington Post, Shaft Hunter, the father of six children ages 4 to 19, was born in Bridgeport, Conn., earned a criminal justice degree from St. Augustine College in Raleigh, N.C., and joined the Marine Corps after college, where he served from 1994 to 2000 before joining the state police.

Governor Martin O’Malley issued the following statement:
“I’m saddened by the news of Trooper Hunter’s tragic death. This tragedy, particularly as it occurred on duty as Trooper Hunter worked to keep our highways safe, reminds us of the dangers associated with law enforcement and the risks they take on a daily basis to keep our state safe. My thoughts and prayers, and those of all Marylanders, are with the Hunter family on this difficult day.”

Trooper First Class Shaft S. Hunter is the 43rd state trooper killed in the line of duty.

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